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Addiction: A Very Short Introduction

Keith Humphreys

23 February 2023

ISBN: 9780199557233

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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Addiction is a subject which straddles public and personal interests, societal and criminal justice concerns, and social and medical responses. This Very Short Introduction is an accessible introduction to the basic facts about addiction: what it is, how and why it develops, how it is treated, and how society can respond to it.

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Addiction is a subject which straddles public and personal interests, societal and criminal justice concerns, and social and medical responses. This Very Short Introduction is an accessible introduction to the basic facts about addiction: what it is, how and why it develops, how it is treated, and how society can respond to it.

  • Explores how addiction is best understood, how it arises, and approaches to prevention and treatment
  • Considers the use, abuse, and dependence of drugs
  • Describes strategies used to reduce damage both to addicted individuals and society, and their relative effectiveness
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a scholar, teacher, clinician, and public policy advisor in the addiction field. He has spent his career in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. He was Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Barack Obama Administration, and has for many years advised Congress, the U.K. Parliament, and other officials about policy strategies for preventing and treating addiction.

Table of Contents

    1:Understanding the terrain
    2:Causes of addiction
    3:Recovery and treatment
    4:Cultural and public policy approaches to addiction
    5:The future of addiction